The Middle East

After the U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Congressional Role in U.S.-Iran Policy

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 37       November 17, 2014 The new 114th Congress convenes in January 2015 with Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Congressional […]  Read More »

The Hidden Hand of ISIS and Its Impact on Palestinian Escalation

In recent months the State of Israel has been facing what military jargon terms “popular terrorist activity,” characterized by violent disturbances in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound; Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem; the West Bank and Arab towns within Israel; attempts to […]  Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded.  Read More »

How Iran Views the Fall of Sana’a, Yemen: “The Fourth Arab Capital in Our Hands”

Iran commands the Strait of Hormuz and now is trying to seize the Bab el-Mandeb Strait  Read More »

Is Lebanon on the Brink of a New Civil War?

Tripoli’s fall would have been the beginning of the disintegration of the Lebanese state  Read More »

Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable

“Recognition of Palestine” Hinders Peace Negotiations  Read More »

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub.  Read More »

New Poll: 75% of Israeli Jews Oppose a Palestinian State on the 1967 Lines, Israeli Withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, and the Division of Jerusalem

Some 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley.   Read More »

The Significance of the First Hizbullah Attack against Israeli Forces since 2006

For the first time since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hizbullah claimed responsibility for an attack against Israeli forces.  Read More »

Yemen Changes Hands. Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?

Historic changes have occurred in Yemen. Will Yemen now be aligned with Iran? – Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Justifies Palestinian Terror in His UN General Assembly Speech

Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly reflects the political reality that there is no Palestinian partner today for a settlement with Israel based on compromise.  Read More »

Qatar’s Support of Hamas and Jihadist Forces in the Middle East

Qatar is unquestionably engaged in international terrorist financing.  Read More »

Hamas Policy after Operation “Protective Edge”

Hamas understands that the use of violence and terror does not incur punitive measures against Gaza by the international community.  Read More »

Heavy Blow Administered to Assad’s Foes

Ahrar al Sham, the “Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant,” is a 10-20,000-strong group of jihadist-Salafi fighters which constitutes the main component of the “Islamic Front” fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. The group represents the so-called “moderates” […]  Read More »

The Structure of the Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements.   Read More »